1st XV Match Preview V Yorkshire Carnegie (h) Sat 05/03/2016 

by Glyn Barlow

Well where to start with this weeks preview?

Most Moseley, supporters, players and management will be still wondering what on earth happened in Ealing. Nobody expected the final outcome to be so dramatic (probably not even the home team), a product as much of Moseley’s lack of precision and intensity as Ealing’s ability. Being philosophical these things happen, of equal surprise a couple of weeks ago was Premiership champions Saracens going down 23-64 to Wasps. I guess they were just as bemused.

Probably the best way to approach this week is for team and supporters to just put it behind them and not spend too much time over analysing and worrying. Let’s not forget in the previous league game we were all celebrating a win over Rotherham.

In hindsight probably too much emphasis was put on this game as the big one, a “must win” game. In reality, the loss however disappointing still only puts Ealing ahead courtesy of one drawn match. Moseley have five games to pick up points starting this week with the visit of Yorkshire Carnegie.

That said it won’t be an easy task as Carnegie were victorious over Moseley in Leeds by 52-19 back in October. Since then they have continued their bid for a play off position, currently sitting in 4th place, a healthy nine points ahead of Nottingham. In recent weeks, however, they have suffered setbacks against Bristol (7-23), Doncaster (34-28) and Scottish (22-20), coupled with a close call against Pirates (33-26), so they will be keen to get back to regular winning ways.

A notable addition to Carnegie ranks since the two teams last met is former Leeds Rhinos & England league legend Kevin Sinfield. Having played mostly as a loose forward in league Sinfield is interestingly wearing the number 10 jersey in union.

As well as looking to contain Sinfield Moseley will need to stop the likes of back row Josh Bainbridge (11 tries) and wings Jonas Holmes (7) and Seb Stegmann (6) crossing the try line in a team that has picked up a very impressive ten 4 try bonus points to date.

As said before for Moseley its all now about just picking up points; wins, draws, 4 try BP’s, where ever and when ever they are available. Now is not the time for caution, the team must have the belief they can win games, create spaces and opportunities for the fast lads out wide in attack and step up the intensity in the forwards to starve the opposition of ball to use.

This Saturday is the time to prove to supporters and management that they are really the team that has reached the cup quarter finals, beat Rotherham & Ealing three times, and has three of the leagues top 25 try scorers in their ranks, rather than the team which walked off the pitch last Saturday in London.

And they need all the Moseley faithful behind them to turn the season around.